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Play short and play often. Golf writer Brian Kendall recommends where to play.

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Fairmont Southampton Golf Course, Bermuda: Dramatic elevation changes and ocean breezes test golfers at this 18-hole par-three island beauty. Beware the 14th hole, a 198-yard uphill brute demanding a mighty wallop from the tee when the wind is in your face. Green fee: $45 to $86. fairmont.com/southampton

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The Ridge at Copper Point, Invermere, B.C. is framed by panoramic views of the Purcell and Rocky Mountains. The sternest test here is the par-four 14th, a 397-yard beast demanding a precise tee shot to a narrow landing area hugged by a pond. Green fee: $35 to $75. copperpointgolf.com

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Cloud Nine Course, Las Vegas: Twelve holes are inspired by golf’s most famous par-threes, including Royal Troon’s “Postage Stamp” and the island green hole at TPC Sawgrass. Floodlit and walkable, Cloud Nine offers a wholesome alternative to another lost night on the Strip. Green fee: $19 to $29. angelpark.com

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Treetops Course, Treetops Resort, Gaylord, Mich., is rated among the top par-three courses in the world. Roller-coaster elevation changes and detailed bunkering are the hallmarks of a nine-hole layout famous as the former site of the ESPN Par-3 Shootout. Green fee: $35 to $45. treetops.com

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Turnberry Golf Club, Brampton, Ont.: This acclaimed 3,408-yard design built over a quarry features 16 par-three holes and two par-fours. But most treacherous is the 165-yard 13th, where a three-foot dip gully runs through the middle of the green. Green fee: $39.75 to $49.75. turnberrygolf.ca

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Nine-Hole Course, Fox Harb’r Resort, Wallace, N.S.: Though just 1,039 yards, the nine-hole par-three course is a tough little brute set on a wind-buffeted peninsula. Steady your nerves for the 127-yard fourth hole, an oceanside jewel requiring as much as a six-iron off the tee. Green fee: $30. foxharbr.com/golf

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